Why doesn’t the UConn men’s basketball team run more? It’s not as easy as it may appear.

UConn’s Isaiah Whaley dunks in the second half against Georgetown on Tuesday in Storrs.

UConn’s Isaiah Whaley dunks in the second half against Georgetown on Tuesday in Storrs.

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While fans watched with glee on Tuesday night as the UConn men’s basketball team ran up and down the floor beautifully — Andre Jackson gliding the length of the court for a floater, Tyrese Martin and R.J. Cole pulling up for 3-pointers, Jackson hitting Adama Sanogo for an alley-oop dunk — the question may have popped in their heads:

Why don’t the Huskies do this more often? Why don’t they run more? It sure is a thing of beauty when they do.

The short answer: it’s not always easy as it seems.

Yes, Dan Hurley entered this season vowing that his team would run more. So did virtually every other head coach in America. But reality sinks in when you play a bunch of teams on your schedule that play four or five men out and have at least three or four players hang back to guard against the fast break, rather than crash the boards.

And so, while UConn’s 27 fast-break points in Tuesday night’s 96-73 win over Georgetown were the most it’s scored in a game since scoring 30 against low-majors Central Connecticut State and Long Island on Nov. 9 and 13, respectively, don’t expect this to kick off a new era of the “Runnin’ Huskies.”

“Quite frankly, you’d love to do that every game,” Hurley said. “Georgetown (is second in) the league in offensive rebounding, so they crash the offensive glass. They don’t send three or four guys back and abort the offensive glass, which, in a lot of games against us, prevents us from getting the transition opportunities.”

Who leads the Big East in offensive rebounding? That would be St. John’s. And sure enough, the Huskies scored 22 points in transition in their Jan. 12, overtime win over the Red Storm — their second-most of the season until Tuesday night.

On the flip side, teams like Villanova and Creighton play four-, five-out on offense and make it difficult for teams to run. Seton Hall isn’t typically one of those teams, but with power forward Alexis Yetna out injured, the Pirates went with a smaller, four-guard lineup for much of its overtime win over UConn on Jan. 8.

The result? UConn scored zero fast-break points that day. None. Zip. Nada. Zilch.

Certainly, the Huskies are well-equipped to be a dangerous team in transition. Jackson, a 6-foot-6 athletic specimen, pushes the ball up the floor, boasts great court vision, is always looking for teammates filling the lanes and can finish as well as anyone in the country. Martin, a versatile 6-6 athlete, also thrives in the fullcourt — able to spot up for a 3 or, just as easily, glide in for a layup.

“When we have opponents that like to play fast and up-and-down, that’s what we want to do first,” Martin said. “When a team comes in like that, we’ll be willing to do that all the time. To score 27 points in transition, it was fun to play that way (on Tuesday).”

Unfortunately, not a lot of teams like to play that way these days. UConn still has all four of its games left to play against Creighton and Villanova (beginning with the former on Feb. 1, the latter on Feb. 5).

Hurley has been unhappy with his team’s defensive rebounding lately, and while the Huskies haven’t been terrible in that department, their ability to get out and run will be shored up even more if they can continue to improve.

After all, as Tyrese Martin noted, it’s fun to play that way. Fun to watch, too.